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UW Faculty Led Programs|Study Abroad

Future Summer Study Abroad Opportunities

Please note: All students participating in study abroad programs will be charged a Study Abroad Fee of $100, in addition to the program costs. Students will also be required to purchase Student Travel Insurance at a cost of approximately $47 per month (for students age 26 and below). Program costs listed below do not include UW tuition.

BENIN, WEST AFRICA

Exploring the Arts and Culture of Benin, West Africa (3 credits; 1 credit mandatory prep course, plus 2 credit study abroad session)

The site of this study abroad opportunity is the small francophone country of Benin (formally called Dahomey) in West Africa, situated on the Atlantic Ocean. Participants will be based in the fascinating city of Ouidah, historical birthplace of the Voodoo religion and slave trade of 18th-19th centuries, and currently home to a vibrant living arts culture. Organizational in-country liaison is the CIAMO center.  Highlights include instruction in the integrated arts of traditional African music, dance and visual art, visits to see active public school classrooms, short excursions to interesting nearby villages and historical sites, a weekend excursion to Abomey, the palace site of the original kings of Dahomey and attendance at the International World Voodoo Festival.

Dates: To be determined
Contact: Dr. Lydia Dambekalns (LyDart@uwyo.edu)
Approximate Cost: $4000 (includes airfare, in-country transportation, double-occupancy lodging, many meals, excursions, cultural instruction)

ECUADOR

HP 4152: Cloud Forest Ecology
(3 credits)

The class will start on the UW campus, where we will discuss travel requirements, and the students will be introduced to general concepts of tropical forest ecology. Lectures at the research station and practical examples in the forest will include: tropic webs, insects and plant community structure, plant defense mechanisms against herbivory, canopy structure and epiphytes, and the evolution of crypsis, aposematism, and mimicry systems. We will fly from Denver to Quito, Ecuador, where the students will have an opportunity to experience Ecuadoran culture including restaurants, native marketplaces, historical architecture and cathedrals, as well as visiting the monument to the equator (where students can stand on the line of the equator with one foot in each hemisphere). From Quito we travel by bus to the small village of Cosanga and onwards by foot to the Yana Yacu Research Station, where most of the course will be conducted. On the first few days we will have orientation hikes and practical teaching and student research projects in the forest. While at Yana Yacu, during the day students will have many opportunities to hike in the cloud forest, will assist with sampling of plants and insects, will assist in the insectary (caterpillar zoo) with feeding and maintaining caterpillar cages, photographing and identifying plants and caterpillars, recording data, and preserving specimens for future research. During the evenings after dinner, we will meet in the library for lectures, discussion groups, and planning meetings.

Tentative Dates: To be determined
Approximate Cost: $1500, plus airfare of approximately $1200
Contact: Scott Shaw (braconid@uwyo.edu) or Greg Brown (gkbrown@uwyo.edu)

ENGLAND

Social Work (3 credits)

A two-week intensive study abroad program in London during May of 2015. An opportunity to learn about the growth and development of social work and social welfare systems in England and its relevance in today’s world of multiculturalism, diversity, technological advances, migration and globalization.  Open to all majors!

Qualifying students who meet the requirements of at least sophomore status and a 3.0 GPA will be eligible for a scholarship.

Tentative dates: Summer 2016
Estimated cost: To be determined
Contact: Carolyn Haney (Haneyc@uwyo.edu) or Dr. Neely Mahapatra (nmahapat@uwyo.edu

EDINBURGH, LONDON AND PARIS

FCSC 4960: Textiles Field Studies
(3 credits)

Scotland has a long history in textile manufacturing. London, although long recognized as a center for men's fine tailoring, is now recognized as an international fashion center. Paris is not only the capital of France it is considered by many to be the capital of the international fashion scene. Great Britain's and France's contribution to the world fashion includes textiles and apparel production, a unique retail system, and renowned fashion designers. This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to visit British and French designer show rooms, textile manufacturers, museums, and historic/cultural sites. The course also provides an opportunity to introduce students to the British and French culture. The study tour will travel to Edinburgh, London and Paris. Price includes: Hotel Accommodation (2 nights in Edinburgh, 5 in London and 5 in Paris), Daily Breakfast, Ground Transportation, Guides for Tours, Entry Fees, Airfare. Passports, course tuition, spending for lunch, dinner, free time activities, and shopping are not included in price.

Dates: Summer 2015
Contact: Sonya Meyer at 766-5152 (smeyer9@uwyo.edu) or Bruce Cameron at 766-4219 (unsw@uwyo.edu)

FIJI

Gender, Global Change, and Development in Fiji

This two week, three credit Fiji-based course has three primary goals: [1] to familiarize students with the lives of a diverse array of women in Fiji through formal meetings and informal encounters with a wide range of individuals and organizations; [2] to provide students with an opportunity for complete immersion in a country which, although very safe (and frequented by many vacationers), has experienced remarkable political and socioeconomic upheaval in recent decades; [3] to facilitate critical interrogation of the integration of gender into the practices of “development”, broadly defined as institutional, activist, and community efforts toward improving health, quality of life, and access to resources for greater numbers of women and their families. Topics covered in this immersion course will include economic survival strategies (including migration), women’s unequal access to resources, agricultural production and sustainability, and women’s health. Students will have the opportunity to live with host families, attend lectures at the University of the South Pacific, observe village life, and meet with development professionals at UN Women, activists and community members involved in working for gender equality. Select interested students may have the opportunity to additionally pursue an independent study with Dr. Dewey as part of her ongoing research with Fiji’s women market traders. Prerequisites: UW degree-seeking student of sophomore standing with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Estimated Cost: $2,500 (includes all meals, accommodation, and activities)
Tentative Dates: To be determined
Contact: Susan Dewey (sdewey3@uwyo.edu)

FRANCE (Caen, Normandy)

FREN 3990 and 4990: Intensive French Study in Caen
(6 credits)

Students will live and share meals with French families in Caen for three and a half weeks and spend the last five days of the trip sightseeing in Paris. In the mornings, students will take courses at the University of Caen and in the afternoons, they will do field trips around the city of Caen. In addition, students will take longer excursions to the American Cemetery, the Memorial of Caen, Saint-Malo, Mont Saint Michel, Versailles, etc. The Caen study abroad program boasts four major advantages: study within academically accredited university, immersion in the language and culture of France, homestays with French families, and visits to places of interest in Caen, Paris and its surrounding region.  Prerequisite: two semesters of French language.

For more information, see the informational brochure.

Estimated Cost: $3000 (includes room and board in Caen and Paris, trips and excursions; does not include airfare)
Dates: Summer 2015
Contact: Bendicte Sohier (bsohier@uwyo.edu)

GERMANY

Language and Culture

Explores major cultural sites through one week stays in Berlin, Mainz, Dresden, and Tübingen with additional Saturday trips to places like Freiburg, Trier, and Potsdam. The program will encompass two courses: a German language course and a German culture course. The language course(s) offered will be based on the level of the participating students and will heavily incorporate the advantage of being in Germany. The culture course and its afternoon cultural outings will be in English. Course registration will be possible only after acceptance into the program. More information can be found on our Facebook page: UWGermanSummer.

Estimated cost: From $2,650 (if 20 students participate) to $3,300 (if 10 students participate)
Approximate Travel Dates: To be determined
Contact: Dr. Rebecca Steele (rsteele4@uwyo.edu)

HONG KONG

RELI 4500: Religions in Hong Kong - Crossroad of the World
(3 credits)

After the British moved into Hong Kong in the mid-nineteenth century, it grew from a sleepy fishing village to one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world.  “The sun never sets on the British Empire” meant that citizens of that Empire were able to move around it, bringing their religious traditions with them.  These were added to the existing traditional Chinese religions already present in the Pearl River Delta.  As we travel around Hong Kong, with a side trip to Macau, we will explore religious sites and talk with religious practitioners from traditional Chinese religions like Buddhism and Confucianism, along with temples to local gods, such as Tin Hau and her Macau counterpart A-Ma, the sea-goddess that protect both these coastland cities.  Christianity has played its part, both as a European import and now an indigenous religion.  Other religions that have come from throughout the Empire include Hinduism, Islam and Zoroastrianism.  Hong Kong even has a small Jewish community.

Hong Kong is a huge, densely packed city that still has astonishing open spaces and beaches of exceptional beauty.  Though a fully Chinese city, English is one of the main languages spoken in Hong Kong.  As a result, it serves as an excellent introduction to Eastern Asia. 

Application and initial non-refundable deposit of $500 is upon acceptance into the program. 

Cost: To be determined (includes accommodations, some meals, in-country transportation, tours; does not include roundtrip airfare [approximately $1700])
Dates: Summer 2016
Contact: Kristine T. Utterback (utterbck@uwyo.edu)

INDIA

WMST 4975 India: Social Justice in Culture and Practice
(3 credits)

Focuses on visits to organizations and sites along with university guest lectures in India. Ground activism and creative works of literature and film that promote activism are studied. Students will improve their understanding of the concerns that women have in common in the midst of wide disparities.

Approximate Dates: Winter Break 2014-15
Approximate Cost: $3500 (Including airfare.  Does not include cost for visa, vaccinations, and anti-malaria medication).
Contact: Dr. Bonnie Zare (bzare@uwyo.edu)

JAPAN

ART 4790: Japanese Art and Culture
(3 credits)

Japanese Art and Culture explores the unique cultural and artistic situation of contemporary Japan. For two weeks we will travel in and between Tokyo, Kyoto, Naoshima and Hiroshima in order to explore how ultra-modern life in Japan is tied to and culturally embedded within a larger historical and ancient context. The class will also discover the deep ties to western culture in the post-contact and post-war era. Finally, we will investigate the uniquely Japanese conflation of popular culture (anime, manga, Otaku culture, Harajuku) to the high art and culture represented in the national museums of modern and contemporary art. Within this framework we will discuss and experience the continuum of visual culture in Japan, as well as the intricate web of contemporary cross- and multi-culturalisms.

Dates: To be determined
Estimated Cost: To be determined
Contact: Dr. Rachel Sailor (rsailor@uwyo.edu) or Noah Miles (nmiles1@uwyo.edu)

KENYA

UW Field Course in Kenya - Ecology and Conservation of African Savannas

Students will be immersed in an intensive, learn-by-doing field experience in central Kenya. This 3 week course will be offered jointly through UW and the University of British Columbia. Students will live and work on the Mpala Research Centre. For more information visit the website: http://mpala.org.

Estimated Costs: To be determined (Including airfare, in-country travel cost, accommodations, and most meals)
Tentative Dates: May 2016
Contact: Jake Goheen (jgoheen@uwyo.edu)

KENYA

EDCI 5480/EDEL 4975: International Studies: Kenya
(3 credits)

An innovative study abroad course that will allow learners to use primary resources to explore various topics including Kenya's history, geography, cultures, languages (Kiswahili), economy, education, archeology, ecology, paleontology and zoology. Other areas such as geo-political, ethnic and gender issues and the HIV/AIDS epidemic will be explored. Learners will participate in field experiences (based on areas of interest). During the course, learners will reflect in writing and orally the similarities and differences between America and Kenya. In addition, they will examine ways in which the course will have influenced them as citizens of the world. As the world becomes a global village, it is essential to help our students develop an understanding and appreciation of cultural and global issues.

Dates: To be announced
Contact: John Kambutu (kambutu@uwyo.edu)

KENYA

UW/CC Hillside Kenya Water Project

Spend 12 days immersed in Kenyan cultures; offer educational services to residents of the Huruma slum in Nairobi and at the rural Mburu Gichua Elementary School; construct a water point and surface runoff reservoir for a new well in Hillside; explore Kenyan history, geography, cultures, languages, economy, education, archaeology, paleontology, and zoology while on safari through Africa’s natural wonderland.  Financial Assistance: Scholarships are available for eligible registered students.  Deadline: To reserve your seat, a $500 deposit is due on November 1.

Approximate Travel Dates: To be determined
Estimated Cost: $4585
Contact: John Kambutu, (307) 268-2584, (Kambutu@uwyo.edu)

KENYA

KEEPS - Karibu Kenya

Culture and Agriculture in Africa - a class offered in December of each year following finals week and lasting 12 days. Maximum enrollment is 18 Wyoming Students. Sites visited include agricultural sites in Nairobi, Kitale, Kericho, and Naivasha, with tours of natural sites including: The Great Rift Valley, Hell's Gate National Park and Masai Mara Game Park. All travel in Kenya (24 passenger bus and 9 passenger vans) is provided. This program is funded at a rate of $10,000/per class. Student expenses vary between $500 and $3,500 dependent on scholarship support, which is based on GPA and/or financial need. There are no plans to expand this program beyond current levels, however current funding runs out after January of 2012.

http://www.uwyo.edu/keeps/

Dates: December 2012 (contingent upon funding)
Contact: David Wilson (dwwilson@uwyo.edu)

LONDON AND PARIS

THEA 4990: Research in Theatre: Dance and Related Arts in Paris and London
(2 credits)

Dance in London and Paris! Participants in this program will join a UW Department of Dance faculty member for a three-week intensive dance course. The credits earned will help students fulfill their summer study BFA requirement. In addition to daily dance classes, the program will include watching performances by the Royal Ballet and the Paris Opera Ballet. Prerequisite: Dance majors who have completed at least one semester of Advanced Ballet or Modern.

Dates: To be determined
Estimated Cost: $4200
Contact: Jennifer Deckert (jdeckert@uwyo.edu)

MEXICO

CRMJ 4990: Transnationalism and Crime
(also listed as CHST 4990)

This is an experimental special topics course designed to give an overview of how globalization processes and international population movements impact perceived and actual transnational crime trends and their control. Through required readings students will gain a better understanding for the varied social, political, and economic forces that motivate criminal behavior and criminal justice policy in a global perspective. Coursework will have a particular emphasis on population movements from Mexico and Central America. The four week summer course will be a hybrid videoconferencing/online delivery. Students will meet one day a week for three hours through videoconferencing, and will be expected to complete significant online coursework through eCompanion. During a portion of the course, students will spend their time on a field trip to El Paso, TX where they will be hosted by faculty from the Criminal Justice Department at University of Texas at El Paso. In collaboration with their Open Source Resource Lab, faculty members will arrange various visits with law enforcement agencies and immigrant advocacy organizations.

Dates: To be announced
Estimated Cost: To be determined
Contact: Dr. Ed A. Muñoz (emunoz@uwyo.edu)  

MEXICO

REWM 4990: Field Experience in Ecosystem Services of Loreto (Baja Sur, Mexico)
(1 credit)

Field and experiential-based understanding of 1) ecosystem services in Loreto, Baja, 2) how they relate to ecology, land-use policy, natural resources economics and culture, and 3) comparing the Loreto system to the sage-steppe system in Wyoming. Wyoming students will join and work with an approximately equal number of local students (from La Universidad Autonóma de Baja California Sur (UABCS) – Loreto campus) to promote cross-cultural exchange. The course will include cognitive (knowledge), affective (attitude, understanding), and psychomotor (skill) components. An application is required for admission into this program.

Dates: Summer 2015
Estimated cost: $2100, not including round-trip airfare (approx. $1100)
Contact: Melanie Murphy (melanie.murphy@uwyo.edu)

MEXICO

Art and Culture of the Yucatán (6 credits)

The course will last eight weeks, which will be split between two weeks at UW and six weeks in Yucatán, Mexico. Students will receive six credits divided between two course numbers (a seminar and an independent study) registered through their own departments or colleges. 

Following the 2-week  portion in Laramie, students will have a foundation for understanding the archaeological and historical sites we visit and the people and cultural traditions we encounter.  Apart from planned weekend excursions back to Mérida, Yucatán’s capital city, and to the archaeological site of Chichén Itzá (in eastern Yucatán), students will be based in Santa Elena, a rural village of 4,500 people in the southwestern part of the state for the duration of the 6 weeks abroad. From here they will attend their biweekly seminar class, Maya Art and Culture; engage in weekly meetings with Dr. Scott on their independent research projects; and venture out to meet with their project mentors in Santa Elena or in surrounding towns. 

Dates: To be determined
Program Cost: To be determined (includes lodging, most meals, excursions, local transportation; does not include round-trip airfare [approx. $900]). Please see the brochure or website for additional expenses not included in program costs.
Contact: Mary Katherine Scott (mkscott@uwyo.edu)

NEW ZEALAND

AS 4900; ENR 4890/5890; ESM 4900/5900 Biosecurity or Insecurity on a Mad Planet
(3 credits)

An intensifying, multi-dimensional problem across the planet is the invasion of ecosystems by exotic animals, plants and even disease organisms.  There is increasing evidence that elements of climate change and water, air and soil pollution exacerbate these incursions.  There is no place on the planet immune from these invasions, but also no place better suited to their study than the southern hemisphere country of NEW ZEALAND.  The goals of this course are to introduce participants to the ecosystem resources of the two principle Islands of New Zealand (including Kiwi (birds), Kauri (trees), tusked weta (insects)) and the incursions that threaten these (e.g. possums, pathogenic often soil borne microorganisms, rodents).  Interaction with native people (The Maori) and European and Asian settlers, will supplement these experiences.  From the ecosystem resources and these people the principles of biosecurity will be drawn and control measures derived and observed in some of New Zealand's National Parks and Island Sanctuaries (e.g. "Ark in the Park" and the volcanoes of Tongariro).  The course is tailored for both undergraduates and graduate students, and for students in the sciences as well as the humanities.  The classroom for most of this experience will be the New Zealand forests, savannahs and mountains.  Students should expect and be prepared for experiences from treks to several isolated locations, observations in nucleic acid labs, to cuisine in metropolitan Auckland, penguin colonies on the Tiritiri Mantangi island.  Although it will be the height of summer in New Zealand during this excursion, field trips have the potential to range from glaciers on the high peaks to the beaches of the New Zealand's extensive coasts. 

Dates: To be announced
Approximate Cost: $2000 plus air fare. 
Contact: Dr. Stephen Williams (sewms@uwyo.edu) (307)766-2683 for an application

TURKEY

ART 4650: International Study in Art (3 credits)

Students will respond creatively to the historical, cultural and aesthetic experience in the country of travel and will use journaling, drawing, and collection of visual material to continue a more in-depth response upon return. Course sections will vary regarding structure/context. All sections will include studio and/or art historical curriculum. Prerequisite: ART 4635.

Dates: Summer 2016
Contact: Prof. Doug Russell (drussell@uwyo.edu)

UNITED KINGDOM

Sports Economics (3 credits)

Through visits to historic and cultural venues and events, and lectures by people involved in the sports industry, students will gain a better understanding of the unique position sports occupy in the European culture.  This is a three week course designed to investigate the current economic issues in popular sports in the UK and Ireland.  Students will become familiar with the league structures, rules, championship contests and outcomes of the most popular sports in the UK and Ireland, including soccer, cricket, rugby, Gaelic football, hurling golf and tennis.  The current debate over the hosting of mega events such as the Olympics will also be discussed.

Dates: To be announced
Cost: To be determined
Contact: Amber Brown (abrow156@uwyo.edu)

 

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